Capitol Notes: Why Did Walker Flip His Position on Lincoln Hills?

Jan 8, 2018

State corrections officials are busy working on plans for shuttering two troubled juvenile prisons, after Gov. Scott Walker announced the closures late last week.  The announcement came as a surprise to many.  Despite lengthy probes into alleged mistreatment of inmates -- and inmate attacks on staff -- Walker had been defending the corrections department and the facilities.

So, why did the governor do an about-face on the juvenile prisons?  WUWM's Marti Mikkelson asked that question of JR Ross of, as part of today's "Capitol Notes" conversation.  Ross says, the answer depends on who you believe.

Ross also discusses the potential impact of the Democrats' promise to make Foxconn the centerpiece of legislative races this year, the entrance of Madison Mayor Paul Soglin to the governor's race and what to expect in a three-way primary for an open seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court.